5 Cheap & Easy Dinner Ideas

We all need cheap and easy dinner ideas, right?

I know that’s how I roll when I’m trying to stay on budget but still eat well. And there are plenty of options for all of us to enjoy flavor and be frugal.

You might notice a few things about these recipes:

  • Most are vegetarian
  • They make amazing leftovers
  • They are great for groups

So, without further ado, here are a few cheap and easy dinner ideas:



Pizza is the perfect, fun dinner that is also cheap and quick. Grab your favorite dough, add on a few toppings and you’re in business!

Deep Dish Pizza
Perfect Homemade Pizza

Stir fry

This is another recipe that is flexible and can use whatever you have left in the fridge. Rice, veggies, stir fry, ginger- it’s all good! Put an egg on it and this will fill you up for awhile.

Weeknight Stir Fry

Bean bowls

Here’s another good use for white or brown rice. Top it with black or other beans (seasoned up) and cheese, green onion, salsa, sour cream and even guacamole!

Black Bean Bowls
Chickpea Bowls
Pinto Bean Bowls


Soup might take a little bit longer to prepare, but there are lots of varieties that will make a filling dinner with a side of crackers or bread and cheese.

6 Stellar Soups

Pulled Pork

I love making BBQ pork in the slow cooker for new families because it’s super easy and budget-friendly to make and there are many uses! From sandwiches to tacos to nachos, get ready for some good dinners and leftovers.

BBQ Pulled Pork
Pork Tacos